C. White Marine Completes Construction of Pine Point Working Waterfront Pier in Scarborough, Maine

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New pier with hydraulic cranes makes fishing easier, more productive for commercial fishermen

It was only 6' wide and couldn’t fit the trucks that commercial fishermen need to haul equipment.

C. White Marine, Inc., a Danvers, MA - based company specializing in marine construction, pile driving and bridge construction, recently built a 220' long timber pier at Pine Point Harbor in Scarborough, Maine. The new pier was the culmination of nine years of planning by town residents and officials who knew that a large, modernized pier would make a positive impact on the town's commercial and recreational fishing and boating industries.

C. White Marine began construction on the Pine Point Pier in December 2010 and completed the project in July 2011, just in time for the summer season. The seaside town of Scarborough, located six miles south of Portland, celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony August 10. Town Manager Tom Hall thanked those responsible and said, "Fishing is an important part of our history. If we can make the process more efficient, it'll help the guys doing it now and add a glimmer of hope for the next generation." Scarborough has 35 commercial fishermen and 26 clam diggers who make their living off clams, lobster, shrimp and bluefin tuna as well as hundreds of recreational fishermen and boaters.

According to Larry White, president of C. White Marine, the original Pine Point Pier was built in the 1970's for pedestrian traffic. "It was only 6' wide and couldn’t fit the trucks that commercial fishermen need to haul equipment." And because Scarborough Harbor has just three hours of deep-water-tidal access, fishermen were forced to load their gear onto floats at low tide and wait for the tide to rise before transporting it to their boats. "It was time-consuming, back-breaking work for the fishermen," said White.

An unusually severe winter posed a special challenge for this project. C. White Marine, Inc. was supported by Site Subcontractor Eastern Excavation, Inc., Electrical Subcontractor, E.S. Boulos Co., and Plumbing Subcontractor Johnson & Jordan Mechanical Contractors on this working waterfront project.
The new Pine Point Pier is 14 feet wide x 220 feet long with two 40-foot gangways. Its sturdy timber construction is strong enough to support vehicles as heavy as fuel trucks. Regardless of the tide, fishermen can now drive their trucks directly onto the pier day and night and use two one-ton Gorbel hydraulic jib cranes to easily move equipment and bait onto boats. Fresh water and electricity is also available.

The half million dollar pier was funded by three grants, including the Department of Transportation's Small Harbor Improvement Program and Land for Maine's Future, as well as matching town money.

About C. White Marine, Inc.
C. White Marine, a general contractor specializing in marine construction, pile driving and bridge construction, has been serving Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island since 1994. Owned by Larry White and Catherine White, the company received the 2011 STEP award by The Gould Construction Institute, the training affiliate to the Association of Builders and Contractors, in recognition of their exemplary safety record. With technical expertise and attention to customer satisfaction, C. White Marine tackles some of the most difficult and complex jobs in marine construction and boasts a 100% completion record on all projects. To learn more about C. White Marine visit http://www.cwhitemarine.com.


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